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Cultures & Cultural Notation


A culture is a set a of personal characteristics that an individual or group embraces to determine a way of being. A culture model with all of its culture cells filled with a principal element produces a culture. The elemental composition of a culture can be expressed in cultural notation to better understand the culture’s unique characteristics. Cultural notation is a type of an expression which comes in 3 forms: Literal Notation, Full Notation, Partial Notation.

Literal Cultural Notation

Literal Cultural Notation, represented as “LN”, is a form of cultural notation were the elemental composition of culture is expressed as a list of element names separated by commas. The name of an element is represented as “en”. Any elemental bonds that appear in a culture are written with a plus sign between the two bonded element names. Literal cultural notation is the simplest form of cultural notation, it was established to provide a broad overview of a cultures elemental composition by utilizing a more legible format.

Full Cultural Notation

Full cultural notation, represented as “FN”, is a form of cultural notation were the elemental composition of a culture is represented with 7 distinct terms. Those 7 terms are the element count, stability state, model class, culture type, diversity level, elemental spec and cultural focus. Full cultural notation is the most robust form of cultural notation but also the most revealing of a culture's unique characteristics.

1. Element Count, "c"

- The element count is the total count of all the elements within a culture written as an interger. The element count is represented as “c”.

2. Stability State, "s"

- The stability state of a culture is determined by the bonded elements that appear within a culture. If there are no bonded elements or if all bonded elements are formed with primary to primary connections the culture is said to be “stable” represented as “s1”. If there are any bonded elements present in a culture that have bonds formed with primary to secondary connections, that culture is said to be “unstable” represented as “s0”.

3. Model Class, "mc"

- The model class is a label used to describe the culture model used within the culture. It describes the prevalence of that culture model’s use and what types of cultures that culture model can produce. The culture class is represented as “mc”.

4. Culture Type, "ct"

- The culture type is a label used to describe the amount of elements within a culture. The culture type is represented as “ct”.

5. Diversity Level, "d"

- The diversity level is a rating scale given to all cultures to describe the diversity of elements within its elemental composition. The Diversity Level is calculated with a formula using the culture’s count of eclectic units and the number of total elements. The amount of eclectic units can be found by counting all the singular occurrences of an element within a culture. To calculate the diversity level you multiply the total amount of eclectic units by 0.05 then multiply that product by the total element count. The diversity level is represented as “d”.

6. Elemental Spec, "es(e(x,y))"

- The elemental spec is the list of all the elements that appear in a culture in the order of which they occur from top left to bottom right with each element written in point notation. Elements written in point notation are represented as “e(x,y)”. The point notation of an element can be found by referring to the Periodic Table of Culture and locating the element’s key and the margins referring to its x-position and y-position, “e” represents the element’s key, “x” represents the x-position and “y” represents the y-position. The Elemental Spec of a culture is expressed as “es(e(x,y))”. Multiple elements are separated by commas within the expression. Elemental bonds are evaluated from the outermost element to the innermost element, both elements are expressed in point notation as “b(e(x,y), e(x,y))”.

7. Cultural Focus, “f(e)”

- The Cultural Focus is list of all element keys of all the repeated elements that appear in a culture. The Cultural Focus is represented as “f(e)" with "e" representing the element key. Multiple Cultural Focuses are separated by commas within the expression. If no Cultural Focus is present the culture is said to be “focus agnostic” represented as “f(-)”

Partial Cultural Notation

Full Cultural Notation can be simplified to reveal less information by using a partial expression of cultural notation, represented as “PN”. Partial notation uses 4 terms, the element count, model class, culture type and the elemental spec. When writting the elemental spec using partial cultural notation you only write the element key not the full point notation of the element.

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